App Development Costs: Explaining How to Evaluate Your Budget to Build an App

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What's app development cost? That is the number one question we get, but there’s no standard answer. It depends (actually, on a bunch of factors) and you get what you’re paying for.

In this guide, we’re going to flesh out the factors that influence app development cost, including cost by stages and app types, devs’ location, and post-release services.

Plus, we’re listing a few widely-known apps and estimating them feature by feature.

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App Development Costs: Understanding All Factors

An average cost to develop an app is around $140,000 (VDC report). App development cost starts from $2,000 and goes up to $250,000+, depending on the product's complexity. Average cost of app development by complexity (GoodFirms research):

  • simple app $40,000 to $60,000
  • medium-complexity app $61,000 and $69,000
  • complex app $70,000 to $100,000

Costs of creating an app is roughly ~$25,000 for basic app, apps with more sophisticated features cost $40,000-$70,000. Complex app's cost goes beyond $70,000.

App development cost by complexity

App cost depends on it complexity

As you see, there’s quite a range in pricing when it comes to app development. Why so? App development cost depends on multiple factors – features, platforms, seniority of developers and their location, and many more. So there’s little chance that similar apps will have a similar cost.

Plus, you won’t learn the exact cost of your future app just by googling ‘how much does app development cost.’

But at least we can talk about the average cost of well-knows apps.

Average Cost to Develop an App

In 2018, GoodFirms conducted a survey, evaluating the average time and costs of building apps like Tinder, Periscope, Uber, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others. The numbers here are approximate.

Here are some of the results:

  • An app with complex features like Uber or Instagram costs between $70,000 to $100,000. Average development time: 5,3 months.

  • Medium complexity apps like WhatsApp or QuizUp most likely cost between $61,000 to $69,000. Development time: 4,7 months.

  • Mobile apps with simple features like Tinder or Periscope cost between $40,000 to $60,000. Development time: 4 months.

But the devil is always in the details; that’s why our software engineers together with Business Analysts, we’ve prepared more detailed feature-by-feature engineers of famous apps.

App development cost breakdown:

And here are our app development cost estimates depending on the app’s complexity.

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The estimates here and below are based on a $50/h rate.

Time and cost of developing an app, by the complexity
Complexity Hours Cost at 50$/h rate Cost at $100/h rate

Simple apps (MVP features, basic UI)

1,200

$60,000

$120,000

Medium apps (more features, custom UI components, support for tablets)

2,000

$100,000

$200,000

Complex app (time-consuming features, complex UI, maintenance)

2,500+

$125,000+

$250,000+

Making a simple app with must-have features and basic design? It is going to cost about $60,000-$120,000.

Aiming at an all-in-one solution with complex design, unique features, and post-launch maintenance? Be ready to face the app development cost up to 250,000+ and more, depending on the team and their location.

How complex is your app?
Tell us about your project and we’ll estimate it for FREE.

Cost of App Development: Major Factors

To evaluate the app development cost, we take a few factors into account:

  • Type: hybrid/native (or Flutter)
  • Platform: iOS/Android
  • Complexity of features
  • UI/UX design: native or custom
  • Developers and their location

And I’m going to flesh each of these factors out.

Platforms (iOS/Android)

Starting with an iOS app? Does your audience like Android more? Or maybe you're aiming at both the platforms? Before picking the platform, app owners study iOS and Android market share, device fragmentation, and prevalence.

Sure, mobile app development differs for Android and iOS. They take over different programming languages (Swift and Objective-C for iOS, Java and Kotlin for Android), have different SDKs and require different tools.

And when it comes to app development costs, there's got to be a large price difference.

Actually, it's not large at all. If you're building an app for one platform – iOS or Android – there's no big price discrepancy in app dev cost. For example, devs need about 456-654 hours to develop an app like Tinder for iOS. While its Android version takes 459-660 hours.

But if you're aiming at both, get ready to pay more for mobile app development services.

If you're on a budget, opting for a cross-platform or hybrid app is a way out. Here's why. Generally, you need both iOS and Android devs to cover two platforms. So the mobile app cost is doubled. If an app is hybrid, there's just one team working on it.

Hybrid apps, native apps, and Flutter

Let’s start with the basics.

If an app suits the guidelines of a specific OS, it's called native. That's why you need two separate apps: one for each platform.

Hybrid or cross-platform apps work across multiple OS, which means app development expenses can be cut in two. The maintenance also costs less if a single code works for all platforms. Still, cross-platform apps are less optimized, they lack access to APIs and can't provide native user experience.

And Flutter?

Flutter allows programmers to code once and then use the same code for application development on both the Android and iOS platforms. By opting for a Flutter project, you can comparatively bring down the price to create an app up to 60%.

Let’s take a couple well-known apps to see how.

How much time app development takes
App iOS, hours (max) Android, hours (max) Flutter, hours (max)

Netflix

441

435

530

Housekeep

692

697

793

Instagram

1049

1051

1100

As you see, Flutter allows you to cut the average cost of an app without affecting its quality.

Complexity of features

Functionality – the number and complexity of app's features – is the biggest app development price driver. Screens, buttons, fields, logic matter a lot. Besides, devs often need to use third-party APIs (e.g. to integrate mapping or payment systems) or code from scratch.

While simple solutions require less effort, standard tools, and native features engagement.

Let's compare: 13-18 hours and $650 - $900 will do for adding a basic search. Or push notifications in a basic admin panel. While basic messaging with online/offline status, typing status, conversation and other details takes ~160-170 hours. And costs much more: $8000 - $8500.

Here’s the list of most complex app features – and their cost.

Mobile apps development costs breakdown by features
Feature Description Approx time Approx cost with back-end ($50/h)

Map

  • Detect user's location
  • Search on the map
  • Set pickup point on the map

75 - 111 hours

$3,750 - $5,550

Payments

  • See balance
  • List of transactions
  • Add card Add PayPal

60 - 78 hours

$3,000 - $3,900

Streaming

  • Start/stop broadcast
  • View broadcast
  • Switch between broadcasts

90 - 140 hours

$4,500 - $7,000

Calls

  • Audio calls
  • Video calls
  • List of contacts

257 - 365 hours

$12,850 - $18,250

User interface design

Creating a unique and engaging UI design takes time – 20-220+ hours, depending on the app – and adds $1,000-$11,000 to the application development cost. The cheapest option here is using OS-supplied items and creating screens of standard elements.

Developers and their location

Finally, it's your team's location that influences the final cost. The average app development cost in the US will differ from the app development cost in Germany.

Take a look at the rates.

Mobile app cost rates

Outsource app development cost: dev hourly rates worldwide

The biggest app development and maintenance costs are in the US and Australia. But price doesn’t necessarily equals quality, and it may not matter from which country your devs are – United States, UK, or Ukraine.

How to Figure Out App Development Costs

How to start calculating app development cost? Ask yourself what features you want to include, how many, and how complex they’re going to be.

As I’ve said, features are the main app dev cost driver, and they matter. For example, you may create an MVP with must-have features only. Like an e-shop with login, cart, product list and a couple of others.

Or build a complex video-streaming platform like Netflix with APIs and integrations.

The mobile app development costs mostly depend on the time developers spend on implementing features.

Let’s get back to our e-shop and imagine we want to add a catalog with the list of categories. This is going to take roughly 20 hours. An hour of custom app development costs $50.

What we need to do is to multiply the number of hours by $50. Result: $1,000 for creating a catalog in an iOS shopping app.

That’s how we come up with this little formula:

Cost calculating formula

Formula to calculate custom app development cost

Before giving the development a jump-start, reliable vendors provide clients with a rough estimate of application development price. The quote is based on the client’s project description, business and tech requirements.

What’s more, software development companies offer several pricing models to cover customers' objectives and requirements.

We’re going to review each of them.

Payment Models

If you’re outsourcing app development, most probably, you’ll be left with three options – fixed price, time and material, and dedicated team models.

What is each of them for?

Fixed Price

Fixed price model works best for startups and projects with a limited scope. The vendor estimates the time and budget they need to handle the scope of work and management tasks.

In this case, app development cost is based on the amount of work. It can't be changed once the client signs the contract.

Fixed pricing model works great with fixed budget and deadlines, for example, if you need an MVP. It’s a perfect choice for short-term (3-5 months) projects.

Haven’t made up your mind on the features or want to change something during the development? Fixed price isn't the right option for you. Maybe one of the other two is.

Time & Material

Time & material model focuses on small and mid-sized businesses. It works best during complex and long-term projects, ongoing projects at the testing or bug-fixing stages. Or apps that require maintenance or support.

Unlike fixed-price projects, T&M doesn't require the advanced calculation of the details. Typical app development cost under T&M depends on how many hours developers spend on pre-specified functional.

Besides, tech vendors add material costs like hardware and additional charges (business trips) to the app development cost.

Time and material offers a flexible approach and has both an initial project estimate and an option to change the scope of work if you came up with another idea.

Still, you'll have to keep an eye on app dev cost and your budget. To make sure that wants don’t exceed cants.

Dedicated Team

Dedicated approach is for enterprise-level projects. Our customers choose this application development price model when:

  • They want to build a product from scratch
  • They need a team to continue app development

If you need a full project team or extra devs to assist your in-house programmers, Dedicated team model is a suitable choice.

One more thing: this pricing model typically doesn’t provide for Project Manager. You should have enough tech expertise to handle the management (or have tech employees to watch over it).

If you need Project Managers’ help, you'll have to notify the vendor.

Outsourcing contracts

Comparing mobile application development price models

Why is it this hard to estimate app development cost? Even if you came up with the list of features.

Because to do it, you need to be tech-savvy enough to imagine the final result and estimate the cost of each feature.

Here’s how we evaluate mobile application development cost at Cleveroad:

  1. Make a rough cost estimation. We calculate an approximate cost to give you an idea of the investment you need to develop an app. It’s done before you sign any contracts, within 1-2 days.
  1. Create the exact app development cost estimate. Then we make an accurate estimation supported by the contact that sites the terms and stages of the process, and a detailed description of the final result.

Sometimes product owners rethink the original task and want us to add new functionality. Or they might want to remove some features which surely affects the app development cost.

Actually, we’re often asked the app dev cost of apps similar to Uber, Tinder, WhatsApp and so on. And we get lots of requests to estimate new business apps but with similar to existing apps features.

That's why we created an app development cost calculator that shows a rough price of popular and custom apps for dating, communication, shopping and events.

With its help, you can figure out an approximate price of building a mobile app feature by feature. On both platforms or iOS/Android version only.

App Development Cost by Stages

Mobile app development doesn’t start with code. It starts with planning, scope discussion, mobile app development cost estimates, development plan, UI design wireframes, and many other steps.

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Check our explanation on how we build apps in our ' Mobile App Development Team: Aspects And Steps' guide.

Now, let’s find out what the main development stages are.

Business Analysis

If you're working with an outsourcing team, business analysis is a crucial step. BA team helps to come up with tech and business requirements, and that’s before telling you the rough or total app development cost.

Here's what these stages includes:

  • Gathering requirements
  • Figuring out tech and business problems
  • Competitors' analysis
  • Project value defining
  • Creating a project specification

Planning is the key to avoiding costly changes and misunderstandings. So the work of the BA team directly influences the app development cost, but their efforts also cost some.

In general, research and planning takes about two weeks, up to four. The latter relates to large-scale projects that last for 3-5 months.

As I’ve mentioned, one of the major factors that influence app development cost is devs’ location. We can say the same about business analysts as their services have different costs in different regions.

Hourly rates of BA according to Accelerance
Team Member United States Latin America Eastern Europe Asia

Business Analyst

$110 - $205

$45 - $55

$40 - $63

$30 - $42

Usually, planning meetings take about 50 hours per sprint. If you’re ordering BA services from a US team, it’ll cost about $10,250 ($205/h rate) per sprint, from Eastern Europe – 3,150 ($63/h), Asia – 2,100 ($42/h).

UI/UX Design

App’s look is everything these days. And building a great product without an experienced UI designer is a real challenge.

Here's what UI/UX designing stage includes:

  • Analysis of similar apps
  • Analyzing of user preferences and pains
  • Wireframing
  • Final design

And UI/UX designers’ hourly rates across the globe:

Interface designer hourly rates
Team Member United States Latin America Eastern Europe Asia

UI/UX Designer

$79 - $163

$40 - $50

$35 - $56

$25 - $36

iOS UI/UX design takes more time compared to Android. For example, if you're building an Uber-like app for both platforms and order custom UI, designers need up to 120h ($6,000) for iOS-version and 100h ($5,000) for Android.

Why so? Full UI/UX design is usually done for one platform (mainly iOS), and then it gets adapted to the second platform (Android). In turn, the Android UI design takes 60-70% of the time required for iOS design.

By the way, we've already estimated Uber and Instagram's UI design cost:

The cost of UI/UX design services depends on the number of screens, complexity, the use of custom visual elements and animations.

Here’s a couple of examples:

  • Uber’s complex UI with splash screen and visual elements takes about 220h and $11,000 (iOS+Android).
  • TikTok – 153h and $7,650 (iOS+Android). A simple chat with voice calls – 20h ($1,000) for both platforms.

Development

We finally got to the stage that has a huge influence on mobile app development cost.

Depending on the platforms you want to release the app on, you'll need to hire one or a few iOS or/and Android devs. Their task is to build and publish the app minding all the tech and business requirements from specification.

It’s simple: the more complex your app is, the more time devs need to develop it.

Again, let’s check some examples.

User login with email, social media, and forgot password option takes 28-42 hours and costs $1400 - $2100 ($50/h rate).

Basic in-app messaging (conversation details, online/offline status, typing status, read/sent status, send media files and documents) takes 160 - 170 hours. And it costs much more: $8000 - $8500.

The more features you want to see in the app (like uploading files, profile, search, push notifications, admin panel), the more its development is going to cost you.

Again, I’ve calculated the sums taking $50 rate into account.

But app development cost largely depends on the devs’ expertise and the hourly rates they set. Here are a few numbers I’ve listed to give you an idea:

Devs hourly rates
Team Member United States Latin America Eastern Europe Asia

Jr. Developer

$105 - $111

$35 - $44

$25 - $42

$18 - $24

Mid-Level Developer

$132 - $140

$30 - $52

$35 - $56

$24 - $35

Sr. Developer

$154 - $163

$45 - $55

$45 - $70

$30 - $42

Lead Developer

$176 - $187

$50 - $61

$45 - $70

$30 - $42

Developers’ qualification plays a role. Especially if we’re talking about their hourly rates and total app development cost.

QA Testing

Once developers finish working on a feature, the QA team starts checking it. They test the app's stability running regression, load, smoke, and other types of tests.

What’s more, the QA team checks if the UI and other components compile with the specification.

Testing starts simultaneously with the development, and it can't be skipped – every app needs to undergo QA checks. In fact, an app shouldn't make it to the market without the team signing it off.

Here’s how much QA services cost across different regions:

QA hourly rates
Team Member United States Latin America Eastern Europe Asia

Junior QA

$77 - $81

$30 - $39

$25 - $42

$15 - $24

Mid-Level QA

$99 - $105

$35 - $44

$30 - $49

$20 - $30

Senior QA

$143 - $169

$40 - $50

$40 - $63

$25 - $36

Project Management

We’ve just talked about app development cost by stages, but there’s also a price to pay for project management.

After all, it’s Project Managers who will talk to developers and then you, assign tasks and are responsible for your app quality.

Here's a breakdown of what PMs have to deal with:

  • Keep an eye on project budget and prevent overruns
  • Make sure the team keeps the pace and has correct tasks
  • Solve issues that pop up in the process
  • Ensure that team members communicate with each other
  • Report to product owners

It’s quite a time-consuming activity, so vendors usually offer project management as a service. Pricing models for this type of service also differ as some companies charge hourly rates, and others set fixed prices to pay.

If we’re talking about hourly rates, PM time may reach up to 440 hours and more per project, depending on its complexity. The prices also differ: from $10,000+ (basic apps) to $13,750+ (medium-complexity apps).

App Development Cost: Additional Expenses

Mind this: app development cost isn't made up of actual programming, testing, and design. Just like any app, it needs updates, support, backend server maintenance, and hosting.

Let’s check the additional mobile app costs you’ll have to bear.

Cost of App Release

Finished development? Great, it's launching time, and it starts with app's release on App Store or Google Play.

App development cost is much higher compared to the cost of app release, but that doesn't mean that the latter can be skipped.

Here's host much it costs to put an app on the app store:

  • Google Play charges a one-time fee of $25
  • Apple Store charges $99, annually

If you plan to distribute the app within your organization, there would be a different fee for Apple's App Store – $299 per year. Google Play doesn't charge any extra money.

If it's the development team that is going to release the app, the cost depends on the scope of work they do and how long it takes. Plus, the hourly rates they've set.

In our experience, release to production takes 4-5 hours per app marketplace. If we take a $50/h rate, the app release costs approximately $200-$250.

App Maintenance Costs

In some cases, app maintenance cost goes up to 15-20% of the original app development cost. But maintenance is a must-have service, even in case you don't have plans to scale the app up or add new features.

Here's what maintenance stands for:

  • bug fixing
  • stability and performance improvements
  • code optimization
  • latest OS versions support
  • adding new features
  • supporting the latest versions of third-party services

That's why you don't stop working with a tech partner after the app's development is finished. It’s an ongoing process.

Post-release support isn't included in the average cost of app development – it’s rather provided as an additional service for an additional fee.

AWS Servers, APIs, Libraries

If the app relies on a server to store data (like user records or payment history), you'll have to pay some extra to manage this information.

The server price (when talking about AWS) depends on the number of users that run your app simultaneously. For an MVP that has a hundred users, servers will probably cost ~$100. Basic AWS architecture supporting a few thousands of users will cost around $250–$400.

And prices for a complex architecture capable of supporting hundreds of thousands of users start from $700 to $2000 and up.

One more thing – if you plan to integrate third-party tools, you’ll have to pay for them too.

For example, Stripe charges 2.9% + 30 cents for any credit or debit card payment accepted in the app.

Mobile App Development Cost by 5 Types

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Mind that the app development costs described here are FYI. Each product is unique and should be estimated individually, even if apps have similar features.

I’m going to review the five most popular types of apps and list an approximate app development cost of each:

  • Social app
  • On-demand app
  • Ecommerce app
  • Marketplace app
  • Streaming app

Let’s get down to numbers.

Popular types of mobile apps

Five mobile app types

Ecommerce App Development Cost

  • Examples: Amazon, eBay, Etsy
  • Time: 297-424 hours per platform
  • Cost: $14,850-$27,450+ per platform

Ecommerce apps require features like user registration, profile, social options. Even the simplest e-shop requires catalogs, shopping cart, product pages with photos, descriptions, and reviews. And the payment system. Usually it’s Stripe or Braintree.

Ecommerce mobile app development cost breakdown
Feature Approx time (hours) Approx cost ($)

Sign up

11h

$550

Sign in

27h

$1,350

Help screen

26h

$1,300

User profile

60h

$3,000

Homepage

89h

$4,450

Shopping cart

134h

$6,700

Product details

41h

$2,050

Payouts

25h

$1,250

Admin panel

136h

$6,800

Total

549h

$27,450

Cleveroad team worked on AYIO, a marketplace platform that helps users find specialists in fields from traveling to plumbing.

This app comes with a complex search system, a custom payment account (so users get their pays faster), and a real-time activity tracking of income and expenses.

AYIO p2p marketplace

AYIO iOS app design

On-Demand App Development Cost

  • Examples: Uber, UberEats, Postmates, Lyft
  • Time: 720-1069 hours per platform
  • Cost: from $36,000 and up per platform

On-demand apps may be a good idea (just see where Uber is now), but only if you have some money to spare.

Uber-like services consist of two apps – for users (riders) and service providers (drivers). And each app comes with a list of complex features like geolocation, maps, chat and calls, in-app payments, matching system, and many more.

On-demand app features estimate
Feature Approx time (hours) Approx cost ($)

Geolocation-related features

46h

$2,300

Payment integration

85h

$4,250

Registration & Profile

61h

$3,050

Notifications

70h

$3,500

Ride cost estimation

40h

$2,000

Route building

16h

$800

Push notifications

40h

$2,000

Admin panel

287h

$14,350

Total

645h

$32,250

As for our experience with on-demand apps, we worked on MoveUp.

It's a P2P ridesharing app that connects drivers and riders and helps transport people with medical needs.

MoveUp is a ride-hailing service similar to Uber and Lyft but targeted at people with special needs, bulky items, parents or guardians with kids. We've been working on event-driven tracking and communication system, complex filtering, and in-app payments powered by Stripe.

MoveUp p2p ridesharing app

Mobile app iOS design

Social App Development Cost

  • Examples: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp
  • Time: 345-508 hours
  • Cost: from $17,250 up to $24,050+ per platform

Social apps imply social interactions, communication via chats, information, and file sharing. They include messengers, social blogging apps, lifestyle apps, and even apps for business like LinkedIn.

What about the basic features? Social apps should have a user profile, news feed, messaging channels, push notifications, and media files sharing.

Sometimes they include live streaming, in-app payments, VR/AR, and others.

Social application development price by features
Feature Approx time (hours) Approx cost ($)

Social sign-in

26h

$1,300

User profile

67h

$3,350

Geolocation

10h

$500

Matching

90h

$4,500

Chatting

189h

$9,450

Push notifications

20h

$1,000

Swiping

14h

$700

Settings

29h

$1,450

Admin panel

36h

$1,800

Total

481h

$24,050

Our developers worked on a social project called Greenlight, an iOS-based dating app that helps people find soulmates. The main idea was to create a social app that works like a traffic light. Green light means great sympathy, yellow means fellow feeling. And red light stands for dislike.

Social dating app

Greenlight iOS app design

Marketplace App Development Cost

  • Examples: TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Etsy, Airbnb
  • Time: from 610 to 921 hours per platform
  • Cost: $30,500 up to $41,200 and up for one platform

Marketplace apps combine features from e-commerce and on-demand apps. Two main points here are demand and supply: some people offer services and others buy them.

It takes time to define logic and user interactions, so marketplace app development cost is usually quite high.

Marketplaces: average price to develop an app
Feature Approx time (hours) Approx cost ($)

Sign up

11h

$550

Sign in

27h

$1,350

Help screen

26h

$1,300

User profile

60h

$3,000

Homepage

89h

$4,450

Shopping cart

134h

$6,700

Add listings

165h

$8,250

Product details

41h

$2,050

Payouts

25h

$1,250

Change account type

60h

$3,000

Seller subscription

50h

$2,500

Admin panel

136h

$6,800

Total

824h

$41,200

As for marketplaces, we worked on LetsSurf, a P2P sports marketplace that connects surfing learners with instructors. Users can find instructors, chat with them, book a lesson, and pay for it.

LetsSurf p2p sports marketplace

LetsSurf app iOS design

Streaming App Development Cost

  • Examples: Netflix, Hulu, Deezer, Spotify
  • Time: from 352 to 476 hours per platform
  • Cost: from $17,600 to $32,600+

When it comes to streaming apps, users expect recommendation models helping to find personalized content, multiplatform to continue watching or listening on another device, and a couple of billing options.

UI matters: watchers want to get access to the content right away, so the appearance should be simple enough from menu structure to the player design.

What about the features? Liked content, info tab, video playback page, content categories, and extensive search with filters.

Streaming app MVP features
Feature Approx time (hours) Approx cost ($)

Users registration + login

13h

$650

Payment gateway

58h

$2,262

User profile

38h

$1,900

Content search

30h

$1,500

Chat and comments

126h

$6,300

Push-notifications

15h

$750

Settings

400h

$20,000

Total app/website cost

680h

$32,600

We kept these requirements in mind while developing Blockbuster, a video-streaming platform in the Nordics. The platform offers over 8,000 movies and 350 seasons of TV series.

Our team was working on Blockbuster with cross-platform capabilities in mind. Now, users watch movies via apps for iOS, Android, Android TV, and tvOS, switching between devices.

Blockbuster streaming app

Blockbuster app Android design

Summary: How to Calculate Mobile App Development Cost

We've created this extensive guide to give you an idea of approximate app development cost and what it depends on.

Now, let's sum everything up.

When it comes to mobile apps, you get what you pay for. Still, there's no right-away response to 'how much does it cost?' as each app is unique, and the total app development cost depends on lots of factors.

The major influencing factors are:

  • Complexity of features
  • UI design complexity
  • Selected platforms
  • Team's location
  • Team members and their experience

Plus, along with mobile app development cost that includes analysis, planning, designing, development and release, you may have to bear additional expenses:

  • Servers, APIs, libraries
  • App Store and Google Pay fees
  • App support and maintenance costs (go up to 15-20% of app development cost)

When it comes to functionality, apps with complex features like Uber or Instagram will cost you around $70,000 to $100,000 and up. Average development time reaches 5,3 months.

Medium complexity apps like WhatsApp cost around $61,000 to $69,000 and up. It takes developers about 4,7 months to finish the project.

Apps with simple features like Tinder or Periscope have basic app development cost from $40,000 to $60,000. Development process takes about 4 months.

In general, according to VDC’s report, on average companies need 6+ months to build and deploy a mobile application. App owners spend an average of $140,000 on the project.

But once again: custom apps come with custom requirements, and there's no magic wand for uncovering the app development cost right away. Gladly, that’s something your software development company can help you with.

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